NEWPORT NEWS - Police say they've arrested a man for the murder of a Hardee's employee in September 2007.
Henry T. Stapleton, 22, of the 100 block of Delmar Lane in Newport News turned himself in early Monday for the killing of Diane Green.
Green was shot during a robbery at the Denbigh Blvd. fast food restaurant early on the morning of September 8, 2007. She died at the hospital.
Police say Stapleton became a suspect during an unrelated investigation. Master Police Detective Richard Thweatt and Sergeant Edward Zentner of North Precinct Investigations received information "several weeks ago" that helped break the case, police spokeswoman Holly Tepper told WVEC.com.
A spokesperson for the Green family released a statement.
"We wish to thank the Newport News Police Department for their continued efforts to bring those responsible for Diane's death to justice. This morning's news allows for us, as a family, to begin to experience some closure. Today is a blessed day for the family."
Stapleton is in jail without bond on charges of murder, aggravated malicious wounding, robbery, and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
He's due in Newport News General District Court on May 4, according to the online courts Website.
Police say they believe they know the identity of the person who fired the gun that morning. Because of an ongoing investigation, investigators will only say that person is not currently a danger to the public and that additional arrests are anticipated.
Bill Boddie, president and CEO of Boddie-NoellEnterprises, the operator of the Hardee's where Dianne Green worked, released a statement following the news of the arrest.
"All of us in the Hardee's family were most pleased to hear that an arrest has been made in connection with the murder of Dianne Green. We continue to miss Dianne andhope this arrest will bring some comfort and closure for her family as well as for the local community.
We particularly want to thank the Newport News police and other agencies in bringing about this arrest. The Newport News police have worked tirelessly throughout this ordeal and we sincerely thank them for their efforts.
Wewill continue to support the authorities in any way possible."
In mid-March, the reward for information leading to the arrest/conviction of Green's killer had reached up to $30,000,
An anonymous person offered $10,000 on top of the $20,000 reward from Hardee's. There was a catch: the $10K reward was only good until March 9, 2010.
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